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SIG Sauer brought the first working versions of its P938 pistol (above), a 9mm version of its own P238 (below) concealed carry gun in .380 ACP. SIG also introduced the P224 sub-compact pistol in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG with either a DAK or DA/SA trigger system.

SHOT Show 2012 In Pictures

SHOT Show 2012 featured plenty of new gear for law enforcement officers. The show drew more than 61,000 attendees to Las Vegas for the January event and added several "law enforcement only" halls for vendors. View our gallery and read our two-part coverage of the show, "Report From the Aisles" and "Best of Show." Photos by Mark W. Clark.

Officer Gramins pursued Maddox into a residential neighborhood, after identifying the white Bonneville as a vehicle used in a bank robbery.

Shots Fired, Skokie, Ill., Crime Scene

Skokie (Ill.) Police Officer Tim Gramins pursuit of bank robbery suspect Raymond Maddox was going well until Maddox headed into a residential neighborhood and slammed on the brakes. Gramins was drawn into a deadly daylight gunfight with neighbors looking on. Maddox lacerated the officer's cruiser with a barrage of 9mm and .380 rounds until Gramins ended the fight. Read the full story in our "Shots Fired: Skokie, Illinois 08/25/2008." Photos are courtesy of Skokie PD.

Sandbags are one great way to develop the functional strength you require on the job. The sandbag lift is a total body exercise that enhances motor control and core strength. This is the start point of a 100-pound sandbag lift.

Odd Objects

You can develop a great deal of strength in the weight room, but traditional barbell lifts won't help you to perform a real-life tasks on the job like sandbag lifts and rope pulls will. I recommend adding odd object lifting to your exercise regimen to increase functional strength and add variety to your program. Read our feature, "Odd Object Training," for the full story.

5.11 Tactical's Light for Life PC 3.300 flashlight charges in 90 seconds thanks to state-of-the-art patented technology. This lightweight, water-resistant, mid-size duty/utility flashlight produces 200 lumens and features a crack- and bend-resistant polymer body.

Duty Lights: 2011

Every cop needs at least one reliable flashlight for duty, and most own a few for various situations. Here are 11 models from leading gear suppliers if you're in the market for a light.



Law enforcement apparel maker 5.11 Tactical entered the flashlight market several years back with its supercapacitor-powered Light for Life patrol light. At this year's IACP, the company introduced a new line of conventional battery-powered flashlights called ATAC. The five ATAC lights range in size from a 6-inch long pen light to a 5.3-inch tactical light. All except the pen light offers advanced features such as strobe mode. Prices range from $29.99 to $84.99.

12 Great Gifts for Cops

Buying holiday gifts for cops can be a difficult task. That's why the editors of Police Magazine are offering this quick guide to some of the best products that we've seen this year (or in the last few years) that sell for less than $200. This guide does not include any holsters because that's best left to the officer.

The 5.11 Tactical Sabre 2.0 jacket features the QUIXIP side access  system for fast sidearm access. Radio mic pass-through openings from the  hand warmer pockets to the inside of the jacket and three pullout ID  panels allow you to remain covert. The softshell outer shell is  waterproof yet breathable and features waterproof zippers on the front  and arms. A removable hood can be detached and stowed in an  easily-accessible vertical back zipper pocket.

Outerwear: 2011

It used to be you had to wear the bulky jacket your agency mandated for duty wear. But now there are many different options for duty, training, and other details. And even those formerly bulky jackets are more streamlined, comfortable, and effective at keeping the weather at bay. Here's a look at some of this next-generation outerwear.

October 2011: The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Police Department's Officer Darrell Goodrow, Sgt. Karl Lounge, Officer Timothy McClintick, Officer Max McDonald, and Officer Doug Weaver were   instrumental in the attempted rescue of three officers ambushed inside   of a house. Sgt. Karl Lounge, front row, first on left; Officer Darrell Goodrow, front row, third from left; Officer Doug Weaver, second row, second from left; Officer Tim McClintick, second row, far right; Officer Max McDonald, back row, second from right. All officers pictured received their agency's Medal of Valor for this incident.

NLEOMF's Officers of the Month

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has honored some of the nation's bravest and most dedicated officers through its Officer of the Month program. Officers of the month are nominated by their supervisors, and then the nominees are reviewed by the NLEOMF staff. Nominations that make the cut receive consideration from a select committee of NLEOMF board members. Last year POLICE Magazine became official media sponsor for the Officer of the Month program. We have been publishing detailed stories of the officers who have received this honor in print, since June 2010. View this gallery for photos and capsule summaries of the honorees.

PAL makes an arrest of a suspect following a search by Officer Mitchell.

K-9 History: Riverside (Calif.) PD

Riverside (Calif.) Police Officer Loren Mitchell became the first officer in his agency to work with a police dog when he was partnered up with "PAL" in 1958. Chief Sergio Diaz and the City Council honored the now-retired Officer Mitchell for this historical achievement at a City Hall ceremony. The photo gallery includes an apprehension the pair made during a 1950s traffic stop.

Armor Express presents the Revolution concealable carrier system.  With a lightweight microfiber shell, anti-microbial lining, and a  microfiber "wearstrip" for added durability, the Revolution offers  comfort and breathability to its users. The Revolution is available in  both male and fully structured female models. The concealable vest is  NIJ 0101.06 Certified in level II or IIIA.

Concealable Ballistic Vests

You spend every shift for several years wearing the same ballistic vest under your uniform. You know it's there keeping you safe, but it's even better when you aren't constantly aware of this protection because it fits just right. Thanks to thinner, more advanced ballistic packages as well as carriers featuring high-tech materials and designs, manufacturers are able to make concealable vests more comfortable and effective. Here's a look at some standout vests available right now.

The Wiley X Durtac glove features  injection-molded thermoplastic knuckle and  individual finger protectors  for impact and abrasion resistance. The  design also includes a durable  synthetic leather palm, an ergonomically  shaped palm patch, ventilated  fingers, and Air Mesh on the back of the  hand. A silicone print on the  thumb and index fingers provide  increased grip.

Patrol Gloves: 2011

Today's patrol gloves can protect against microbes, bacteria, blood-borne pathogens, needles, and even knives. They can help you scale chain-link fences, keep your extremities warm, and give you a better grip when you need it. View these nine options that are now available.

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